Posts written by Sean Mallon

Nöfoaga seu lupe (pigeon netting stool) from Samoa

Nofoaga seu lupe (pigeon netting stool)

To celebrate le vaiaso o le gagana Sämoa (Sämoan language week) the Pacific Cultures curators are highlighting stories related to cultural treasures from Samoa. The third collection item for this week is a nöfoaga seu lupe (pigeon netting stool) that was used in the 1800s for the sport of pigeon hunting. The nöfoaga was used… Read more »

Celebrating Samoan Language Week

This type of necklace is called an 'ulafala. It is most often worn by Samoan tulafale (orator chiefs). In the context of oratory performances, 'ulafala are important markers of social status. In other social and ceremonial situations they can help identify a special guest or simply act as an attractive adornment. 'Ulafala are made from segments of the pandanus fruit described by botantists as carpels, phalanges, or keys. The colour of the fruit spans a range from yellow through to orange and red when ripe. Red is a colour associated with high rank. This 'ulafala has been painted bright red, making it difficult to miss at any ceremony or function.

 Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June 2012. Over the next week the Pacific Cultures team will be blogging about collection items from  Sämoa that relate to the theme of this years  Sämoan Language week  “O le Vāfealoa’i” “Strong and Respectful Relationships”. According to the Human Rights Commission website “Samoan Language Week was first promoted by Radio… Read more »

Remembering Jim Vivieaere – artist and curator (1947-2011)

jim vivieaere

The Pacific Cultures team and the Art team would like to acknowledge artist and curator Jim Vivieaere who passed away a month ago after illness. Jim’s involvement with Te Papa spanned many years and several projects including Art now: the first biennial review of contemporary art (1994). Art curator Christina Barton invited Jim to create a… Read more »

Avatar and the Pacific language connection

  • Language barrel in Tangata O Le Moana - The story of Pacific people in New Zealand
  • Language barrel in Tangata o le Moana; the story of Pacific people in New Zealand
  • Language barrel - in the Tangata O Le Moana - the story of Pacific people in New Zealand
  • Language barrel DSC03674

It seems the language of the Na’vi, the indigenous people of the planet Pandora, may be the latest addition to the family tree of Pacific languages. In recent publicity surrounding James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar, it was revealed that the development of the Na’vi language was influenced by Maori language. As reported by Charlie Gates… Read more »

Pauly Fuemana – making music history

  • Pacific beats mixing booth: Tangata O le Moana exhibition (Te Papa)
  • Pacific beats mixing booth: Tangata O Le Moana exhibition (2008- present) (Te Papa)
  • Sounds Pacific : Mana Pasifika music interactive 1998 (Te Papa)
  • mana pasifika music interactive MA_I014573

Musician Pauly Fuemana died yesterday after a short illness. He was 40 years old. Pauly is from a talented family of musicians, who were pioneers in hip hop and the music industry in South Auckland. He was frontman for the group OMC (Otara Millionaires Club) but is best known for How Bizarre written with producer… Read more »